“We usually do sets of 3 songs, 2 fast and one slower. We’d like to have extended worship occasionally but how best can we handle that when some of the kids are not mature enough spiritually for more than a few minutes of worship?” submitted by Dorrie Champagne – Agawam, Massachusetts
Worship is an important part of the Christian life. It is a time of devoted focus toward God, expressing our love to Him. In order to develop a heart of worship in children who are new in the faith (or young in age), there are some practical steps you should take.
1) Understand each child’s journey into worship
As Children’s Leader, we need to take the children on that Sunday’s journey to the place of worship. Understand that every child is coming from different places into kids church. This includes the personal atmosphere that each child brings in with them. Some kids are coming out of Sunday School or small groups where they have heard a lesson, played games, done crafts, ate snacks. Other kids are coming from a home where there is major stress, may have witnessed an argument that morning, didn’t have breakfast, had too much breakfast, didn’t get enough sleep, don’t feel well, etc. Be sensitive to each child’s journey, and do your best to help them along the way.
Read the rest of this article here: http://briandollar.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/developing-a-heart-of-worship-in-kids-pt-1/
And the second installment here: http://briandollar.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/developing-a-heart-of-worship-in-kids-pt-2/